Alberts 2012 wrap up!
Posted on 18 Dec 2012
It’s that time of year – ’Best-Of’ lists aplenty and the office is getting nostalgic. Let’s revisit the year that was… the year we gave kudos to our motto: “It’s all about the song”
We continued to grow and strengthen in 2012, welcoming new voices and catalogues, bringing together writers and producers, witnessing amazing live performances and developing our artist’s careers and profiles.
Washington launched the New Year with an unforgettable performance at the Domain as part of the Sydney Festival, as well as her multi-layered unique one-off show at the Sydney Opera House where she performed the stunning “Insomnia” EP to a sold-out crowd.
Our International Writers Camp came to fruition in February when writers came together at Alberts to collaborate. The entire building turned into a creative hub as new songs and relationships were born. Not only did the camp result in credits for writers, but the newly formed writing partnerships are continuing today.
New writers and composers joined Alberts including our first ever local hip-hop writer, Tim Levinson (aka Urthboy), Gotye (catalogue) , Harry James Angus, Josh Pyke, Brendan Gallagher, The Medics, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Oceanics, Charlie Chan, Petra Salsjo and Jessica Cerro, who became our first female artist to sign WEARING a school uniform!
Our licensing team were sync-sational in 2012 placing over 500 syncs in AUS/NZ and over 100 internationally, working endlessly on bringing life to old songs and opening doors for new. Highlights include campaigns for the AFL (AC/DC ‘It’s A Long Way to the Top’), Vodafone (San Cisco ‘Awkward’), and Golden Casket Lotteries (The Beach Boys ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’), as well as a re-record at Albert Studios of ‘Judy In Disguise’ by Deep Sea Arcade for a Cadbury Chocolate commercial. TV placements included songs in “Puberty Blues”, “Howzat!”, “World Series Cricket” and “House Husbands”, to name a few. To see more syncs visit our show-reel.
Another highlight was the “NiB Insurance campaign” when Vanda & Young’s ‘Love is in the Air’ was licensed for a TV commercial that also starred John Paul Young. 2012 was another great year for JPY, who celebrated 40 years in the music biz and was named in the Queen’s Honour list. Congratulations again John!
We welcomed new international catalogues with Revolvair Music (Air), Kassner, Scandinavian songs and Global Publishing joining Alberts for AUS/NZ. We couldn’t be happier to work with these superb catalogues, adding more variety to our roster.
New releases on the Alberts label included AC/DC’s “Live at River Plate” which debuted in the ARIA Top 20 and brought back memories of the “Black Ice” tour. Resident producer Wayne Connolly and his band Knievel released “Emerald City” with outstanding reviews from credible journalists still pouring in. Seabellies returned with a new EP and James Morrison released “Snappy Too” around the world.
AC/DC stopped traffic in Melbourne’s City Centre in November (see pic), and 20.11.12 will go down in history as the day Australia’s biggest rock band became available on iTunes worldwide.
Writers were busy releasing EPs and LPs, locally and worldwide, including Tim Levinson (aka Urthboy), Ed McGuire (Wires), The Basics, Charlie Chan, Richard Clapton, The Medics, Tania Kernaghan, Sam Buckingham, Glenn Cardier and San Cisco. 2013 will be another big year with albums already pencilled in for Hungry Kids of Hungary, Brendan Gallagher, Roscoe James Irwin and Megan Washington, along with San Cisco releasing their self-titled debut internationally.
Our jewel at Alberts HQ is of course our studios and in 2012 they were buzzing, with innovative writers and producers doing what they love best. Starting the year with the Writers Camp. When international guests Brian Kennedy, Parker & James and Jon Levine took over Studio 1, the momentum continued with Hungry Kids of Hungary recording with Wayne Connolly, The Angels returning to record their latest album, new signings Sam Buckingham, Chloe Tully and Oceanics, plus producers Eric J Dubowsky, Jean-Paul Fung (JP), Paul McKercher, Tony Buchen and Lucy Durack using Alberts for special projects. Writer Cosmo Jarvis turned the studio into an intimate venue, performing to music supervisors and agencies.
While the Albert Rooftop Sessions continued, we didn’t imagine our office space would occasionally be converted into The Cavern Club when the rain came! San Cisco gave us a high-energy performance while thanks to Mother Nature, The Medics and Urthboy brought the party, the rock and hip-hop in-doors. We’re proud to say we can now read weather maps as well as song sheets.
Awards were celebrated, with Wally DeBacker (aka Gotye) being awarded APRA Songwriter of the Year, presented by Alberts’ Head of Repertoire, Philip Mortlock. It was the year Gotye won both APRA and ARIA awards for Making Mirrors and was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards. Good luck Wally!
Fractured Heart at Sydney’s Vivid Festival... Guess who’s interacting with this performance instrument??
Special mention to AC/DC, Mark O’Shea, San Cisco, Harmony James, The Medics, Tim Levinson and Rosco James Irwin who were nominated and won various outstanding awards during the year. WAM Song of the Year 2012 was supported by Alberts and big congratulations to the winners, Rainy Day Women.
International writers brought their music to our shores, including Jake Gosling on Ed Sheeran’s chart topping “+” album, Amon Tobin and his ISAM Spectacle for Vivid Sydney, David Guetta and Fred Rister with radio hit after hit, plus those who toured their music – Ennio Morricone, Ellie Goulding, Cosmo Jarvis, Jay Sean, DJ Fresh, Black Dice and The Cast of Cheers.
Local writers made their mark overseas with tours, co-writes, releases and radio hits, including Lee Groves, Paulini, San Cisco, Oceanics, Emi Green, Hungry Kids of Hungary and Gotye to name just a few.
Writers hit the road during the year with non-stop national tours. With our love of live music, we continued our support of FBi Social, this year adding FBi’s Lunchbreak Sessions presented by Alberts, allowing more artists a platform to perform and broadcast live recordings. FBi Social has now cemented itself as one of Sydney’s best live venues. On ya FBi! We also lent a hand to the Annandale Hotel by supporting their ‘buy-a-brick’ campaign, which has raised funds to keep this awesome live venue going.
Alberts’ locally-made Stuart & Sons pianos took centre stage. It was exciting to see both Missy Higgins (ARIA Awards) and Megan Washington (Nordoff Robbins Art of Music) performing on them at various occasions.
Our social communities were very pro-active this year, with Support Act raising money at their yearly lunch at Parliament House and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy creating a memorable night for Art of Music. And it wouldn’t be a yearly newsletter if I didn’t mention the Nordoff Robbins trivia night where the winning team on the night was ... Alberts!
With 2012 now coming to a close, and the Alberts team planning 2013, fifth-generation David Albert shares his thoughts on the year that was:
“During a time of ongoing change within the industry, 2012 was another very exciting and positive year for all of us at Alberts. Highlights have included the addition of a number of song writers and catalogues, new sync and licensing placements and opportunities in the digital space. Congratulations to all of our artists and writers on their various releases, tours, awards and performances throughout the year. It truly has been all about the song!”
We’d like to wish everyone across the globe a wonderful and safe Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. See you in 2013!